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Peer Advocates

Peer Advocates facilitate weekly Peer Support Groups on campus, focusing on a variety of social and academic topics and provide education on strategies for success.

Peer Advocate Activities

Misinformation about mental health is a major factor that keeps stigma in place.  Our Mental Health 101 workshops, led by our Peer2Peer Program Peer Advocates, will dispel common myths about mental health, teach what a mental health disorder actually is, and give participants the basic tools to help themselves or loved ones who may be struggling.
Check back for new dates coming soon!

College is hard sometimes, so our Peer Advocates are here to listen.  Not counselors, but MC students themselves, they have shared similar experiences are here to talk with you about the struggles balancing school and personal life, navigating MC resources, developing relationships, or anything else you'd like to talk about.

The Peer Advocates are located in the SHaW Center space on the Rockville Campus (SV 316) the following dates/times:
Mondays 2-5pm
Tuesdays 12:30-4pm
Wednesdays 1:30-5pm
Thursdays 12:30-4pm
Fridays 9am-12pm and 2-4:30pm
*Advocates may be running groups or stress relief activities during these times and may not be available for 1-on-1 conversation.

All students are welcome to come by and chat.

We know how important it is to connect with others, especially during remote school.  There are many challenges that different groups of people experience, so we're offering groups where students can meet, talk, listen, and learn about resources in a welcome and supportive space.

Support Group Open Houses- "What is a Peer Support Group?"
You aren't the only one who doesn't know!  Support groups are led by our Peer Advocates and they're here to help MC students open up and talk about the challenges and triumphs of life as a college student. Do you want to know more about the Peer Advocates and how they can support you? Do you want to learn more about how attending support groups can help you reduce your stress and be a better student? Then join us at our Support Group Open House to find the answers to these questions and many more. Students who attend will also be entered in our raffle and could win a weighted blanket!
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 3-3:30pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 4-4:30pm

Spanish Language Group- This support group brings Spanish-speaking students who are going through or have gone through similar experiences together. Though Spanish-speaking students may come from many different backgrounds, Peer Advocate Carlos will facilitate discussion so all can share their challenges and successes and learn from each other.  The group will use Spanish.
In-person at Rockville Campus SV316 (SHaW Center space)
Mondays September 19, October 17, and November 21 from 2-3pm

Mandarin Language Group- This support group brings Mandarin-speaking students who are going through or have gone through similar experiences together.  Peer Advocate Anne will facilitate discussion so all can share their challenges and successes and learn from each other.  The group will use Mandarin.
In-person at Rockville Campus SV316 (SHaW Center space)
Tuesdays September 27, October 25, and November 22 from 1-2pm

International Student Group- This virtual support group is for international students who want to learn how to optimize their experience at Montgomery College. The group, led by Peer Advocate Carlos, offers bi-weekly, English-speaking groups for international students. The group provides a safe and supportive space for international students to share their stories, challenges, and successes at MC.
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Wednesdays September 28, October 12 and 26, November 9 and 23, and December 7 from 2-3pm

General Peer Support Groups- These groups are open to all!  Any MC student, regardless of language spoken or background is welcome to attend with Peer Advocates Carlos and Anne to discuss different topics each week.  Interested in learning how to relieve stress or how to get involved on campus after 2 years of virtual learning?  Want to talk about the frustrations of transitioning back to in-person learning?  This is the space to do it!
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Come in-person to the Rockville Campus SV316 (SHaW Center space) on Wednesdays September 21, October 5 and 19, and November 2, 16, and 30 from 3:30-4:30pm

While learning about stress management and coping skills is important, it's equally important to practice them!  Our Peer Advocates are running a variety of stress relief activities during the semester.  

Drawing for Stress Relief- Feeling stressed? Come by the SHaW Center and spend some time dawing with our Peer Advocate Anne! Create something original or work from a coloring book, it's up to you.  Basic supplies are provided, bring yourself and a desire to step away from stress.
In-person on the Rockville Campus SV316
Tuesdays September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 22, and December 6 from 2:30-3pm

Improv for Stress Relief - Are you a fan of physicality and humor?  Are you stressed?  Come try out Improv for stress relief with Peer Advocate Carlos and see if trying something new and fun can help improve your stress levels.  All students are welcome, whether you have improv experience or not.
In-person on the Rockville Campus SV316
Wednesdays September 24, October 5 and 19, and November 2, 16, and 30 from 2:30-3pm

Crafting Bracelets for Stress Relief- Join our Peer Advocate Anne and learn how to make bracelets from nylon cord! If you enjoy working with your hands, good company, and crafting, you'll love spending an hour creating something beautiful and relieving your stress.
In-person at Rockville Campus SV316
Thursdays October 13 and 20, November 10, and December 8 from 1:30-2:30pm

Current Peer Advocates